Sarah Ferguson news: Fergie reveals surprising nickname & it’s all thanks to Prince Andrew

Sarah Ferguson is endearingly referred to as Fergie by many people, due to her maiden name. However, the 59-year-old has a number of other monikers. Following her now-former marriage to Prince Andrew, she took on the title of Sarah, Duchess of York. And, it seems that this royal rank led to a very surprising nickname indeed. The writer and charity patron unveiled the familiar term during an unearthed interview from 2015, which saw her chat about her website Duchess Discoveries to American talk show host Nessa, for a Talk Stoop with Nessa instalment.

Duch, and then Fergie is fine. I answer to anything really

Sarah Ferguson

In the footage, the pair sit down for a chat.

Highlighting that she is publicly referred to as Fergie, the Duchess was quizzed on what she is referred to in her personal life.

“Duchy doodle,” she replied, referring to an abbreviated version of her Duchess of York title.

Clearly surprised by the moniker, Nessa pressed the Duchess on who calls her that particular name.

“Not many [people], but I like it. I like it,” she insisted, before explaining the other nicknames she was happy to answer for.

“Duch, and then Fergie is fine. I answer to anything really. It’s good isn’t it, I like Duchy doodle.”

Sarah was able to enjoy the style of Her Royal Highness Duchess of York following her marriage to Prince Andrew.

However, it seems that the couple’s marriage was not meant to be, as in 1992, the duo announced they had split.

Four years later, the duo were granted a divorce.

Just months earlier, Queen Elizabeth II used letters patent to change the rules of the title that women no longer married to members of the Royal Family could have.

This meant that following their divorce, Sarah no longer took on the HRH title.

The Duke and Duchess of York in pictures

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, the Duke and Duchess of York in pictures.

The Duke and Duchess of York in pictures

Instead, she now goes by Sarah, Duchess of York.

Recently, the Duchess was forced to deny speculation that she and Prince Andrew, 59, could have rekindled their romance – after the pair spent a weekend in Bahrain together, with their eldest daughter Princess Beatrice, 30, and her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 35.

This week, Sarah and Prince Andrew both took to Instagram, sharing the exact same photo with their followers.

The couple were both sharing their delight at how their younger daughter Princess Eugenie, 29, had joined her grandmother for the Maundy Thursday Service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.

From Fergie’s nickname to those of her children, what does the Duchess call Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice at home?

Sarah Ferguson: Five facts about the Duchess of York


Sarah is the second daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Mary Wright.

Her parents divorced in 1974, with her mother going on to marry polo player Héctor Barrantes in 1975 and moving to Argentina. Sarah stayed in the UK with her father, who remarried in 1976 and went on to have three more children.


Sarah married Prince Andrew on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey in London.

She wore an ivory-silk wedding gown designed by Lindka Cierarch which had a 17 foot train and 20 foot veil. As is tradition, Sarah wore a diamond tiara, and her wedding band was crafted from Welsh gold.

The couple spent their honeymoon abroad the real yacht Britannia off the coast of the Azores Islands.


Sarah and Andrew divorced in 1996 after separating in 1992.

However the couple remain on good terms, even living together in the Royal Lodge from 2008 until Sarah moved to a ski chalet in Switzerland they bought together in 2015.


Sarah has written children’s books for many years, her first being a series about Budgie The Helicopter in the early 90s.

She has also been the US spokeswoman for WeightWatchers after famously battling her weight over the years.

On top of commercial endeavours, the Duchess devotes plenty of time to charity, including Children in Crisis, which she founded in 1993.

Social media

Fergie, as she is known to friends, uses both Twitter and Instagram.

She has over 200,000 followers across the platforms, and shares many insights in to her life.

Most of the Royal Family are not on social media, but are represented by Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, or Clarence House.

Sarah’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, are the exception, with both joining their mother on social media.

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